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Cara is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Her research interests include imprisonment and punishment, families and relationships, and social inequalities. Her PhD, which was awarded in 2015 by the University of Edinburgh, examined the impact of imprisonment on families, and has recently been published as a monograph in the Routledge series of Studies in Crime, Justice and the Family. In 2019, Cara was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to explore how connected (or not) people in prison feel to their communities, and what community means to them. This project reflects her broader interests in innovative, creative and collaborative research methods, and the connections between research, activism and penal reform.

Recent publications

Jardine, C (2018) Constructing and maintaining family in the context of imprisonment. British Journal of Criminology 58(1): 114–131. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx005

Jardine, C. (2019). Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy: The Cost of Custodial Penalties. (Routledge Studies in Crime, Justice and the Family).

Anderson, S., Horgan, S., Jamieson, F., Jardine, C., & Rogers, A. (2020). ECR collective response: The future of criminology and the unsustainability of the status quo for ECRs. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20(4), 487-490. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895820949299




University of Strathclyde

June 2021

Getting it right for families affected by imprisonment

Getting it right for families affected by imprisonment: Lessons from ten years of research This briefing paper draws on five […]

February 2018

Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons: A Research Briefing Paper, Feb 2018

Laura Piacentini, Beth Weaver and Cara Jardine, SCCJR School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde This research […]


Girls and Young Women in the Youth Justice System – Vulnerable or Risky?. Towards Effective Practice

This short briefing paper examines the complexities around identification and effective intervention for girls and young women viewed as vulnerable […]

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24th November 2021

Season 2 Just Humans Podcast Launched

23rd August 2021

University of Strathclyde to launch new MSc in Criminology & Social Policy in 2022

SCCJR Early Career Researcher Statement Launch

14th June 2022


Teaching Room 07 in the Old College, University of Edinburgh.

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SCCJR Seminar: Families, Imprisonment and Legitimacy: The Cost of Custodial Penalties – book launch.

13th November 2020